Farewell, Florida Tuskers

Though we’ve become less interested in the UFL, primarily since most of you aren’t interested in the UFL, today’s events justify two UFL stories.

The Florida Tuskers, who appeared in each of the first two UFL title games, are dead.  Amid persistent reports of grossly overdue final payments to players after the 2010 season, the other five may not be far behind.

For now, the Tuskers will still exist, sort of.  The franchise will move to Virginia, where it will become the Destroyers, according to the Daily Press. Of course, the UFL already planned to launch a Virginia Destroyers franchise in 2011, with Doug Williams serving as G.M.  He’ll still serve in that role, with Tuskers coach Jay Gruden serving as coach of the Destroyers.

The UFL will now look elsewhere for a home for its sixth franchise.

Out in the cold is Tuskers president and “owner” Joe Theismann.  He reportedly will continue to serve as a consultant to the UFL.

Maybe the plan will be to ask for his advice, and then to do the opposite.

18 responses to “Farewell, Florida Tuskers

  1. Do the season in the spring when we are starved for football! NFL Europe didn’t work because it was in Europe. A spring league if promoted correctly would work. Won’t make NFL money but it won’t go belly up like this one will soon.

  2. Maybe the plan will be to ask for his advice, and then to do the opposite.
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    They should hire Matt Millen for that.

    Eric Moore still needs to write the team a check for playing for the Tuskers. Goodbye playoff gamecheck Eric. You are playing against the Jets for free.

  3. Look, I could talk about 150,000 reasons or to be fair reduce that to 25,000 reasons why the UFL is going to follow the way of the WFL, USFL and XFL, but I will name the only real reason why this basketball owners poor mans football league will fail: UFL management is not smart enough to realize that they need to position themselves to replace the NFL Europe. They need to become a developmental league for young players not in college or not ready to join the NFL after their college eligibility is up.

  4. gazinkus says:
    Jan 12, 2011 6:59 PM
    It appears that Joe is almost as good a team President as he is a sports announcer…

    I just wish LT was standing over him as the team moved to Virginia, for old time’s sake.

  5. gazinkus says:
    Jan 12, 2011 6:59 PM
    It appears that Joe is almost as good a team President as he is a sports announcer…

    And THAT pretty much says it all.

  6. This joke of a league makes the old XFL look downright awesome. The only chance this league ever had was as some sort of farm league for the NFL – kinda like NFL Europe was. But if the NFL isn’t interested in aligning with them, and apparently they aren’t, then they’re toast.

  7. I love football. I really would watch some games if I knew when and what channel to do so. Worst marketing ever. If it wasn’t for PFT I seriously would not know that the UFL exists.

  8. Loved theri new recruitment letters:

    Dear Hasbeen/Wannabe:

    Please risk greivous physical injury in hopes that you hit the big time. If you do, mebbe we can extort some money out of the NFL or worst case, we can always hold you up. Oh, and don’t cash your meal money check until a week from Wednesday…

    Yep, if it weren’t for that whole money thing, they could have been a business success.

  9. It was televised on Versus.

    On an unrelated note, I’ve always wondered why Jay Gruden hasn’t been more involved in the NFL. I know he was an assistant with the Bucs when Jon was there, but with his pedigree you’d think he’d be more involved in the NFL. Guess he just likes the smaller leagues better?

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